Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative

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Governor Lingle, in January 2008, announced the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) whose main goal is getting 70 percent of Hawaii's energy from renewable energy by 2030. The DOE would test technology like cars and clean-power plants in Hawai'i before nationwide deployment.

According to the January press release:

"The partnership will provide technical assistance and technology program support for a variety of innovative projects that draw on technologies developed through a range of DOE research and development programs. Efforts will focus on working with public and private partners on several clean energy projects throughout the state including:
  • Designing cost-effective approaches for 100 percent use of renewable energy on smaller islands.
  • Designing systems to improve stability of electrical grids operating with variable generating sources, such as wind power plants on the Island of Hawai‘i and Maui.
  • Integrating renewable energy, including solar, wind, energy storage and advanced vehicle technologies into existing systems to meet the islands’ energy needs.
  • Minimizing energy use while maximizing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at new large military housing developments.
  • Expanding Hawai‘i’s capability to use locally grown crops as byproducts for producing fuel and electricity.
  • Developing comprehensive energy regulatory and policy frameworks to promote clean energy technology use." [1]

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